September 10, 2004 New York
To his credit, Herchcovitch's clothes held their own in this theatrical setting. He chose a kaleidoscopic palette, and mixed prints and patterns, creating ensembles with strong separates. The show opened with a romper and ran to a lovely stamped-rubber swing dress, worn by fellow Brazilian Cintia Dicker. More-accessible options were the many swing tops in patterned and pieced silks, and colorful Empire dresses with a small flounce in the back. In the past, Herchcovitch's execution has sometimes been heavy-handed; with this spring show, he achieved a pleasing (and fragrant) balance between the two.